As tough and physical as Friday's game for North Hall was against West Hall, it was the speed and breakaway ability of Trojans senior quarterback Andrew Smith that put the game away with a long touchdown run late in the fourth quarter at The Brickyard.
The Pickens offense did not take the field in the second half until 11:38 left in the fourth quarter, but the Dragons still held on to beat Johnson 21-14.
Coming into Friday night's game, the East Hall Vikings had been competitive in region play but hadn't yet won a region game.
Lakeview Academy earned its second win in the last three weeks Friday, beating North Cobb Christian 42-7 in Kennesaw.
Commerce defeated Hebron Christian 48-12 on Friday in Dacula.
St. Francis defeated Towns County 30-3 on Friday in Alpharetta.
Riverside Military Academy ran up a 66-0 win over Glascock County on Friday in Gibson.
Jackson County rode a strong offensive showing to a 56-27 win over Oconee County on Friday in Jefferson.
Rabun County defeated Union County 42-18 on Friday in Blairsville.
Habersham Central came up short in a bid for its first victory of the season Friday, losing at Duluth 27-14.
White County came away with an important region victory, beating Dawson County 17-10 on Friday in Cleveland.
West Hall is beginning to look familiar to North Hall coach Bob Christmas.
The two losses to start the season seem like an eternity ago for Flowery Branch.
Dawson County at White County
Flowery Branch won't have to go very far to play its final regular season game in a few weeks. The Falcons also won't have to go very far for their first-round playoff game, either.
East Hall battled its way to a 20-13 win over Wesleyan in the season opener on Friday in Peachtree Corners.